This Oklahoma Red Dirt Gardener wants to share with you a short list of 8 mistakes that I made as a new gardener. By keeping these points in mind and understanding their importance, you will save yourself time, money and disappointment in your Oklahoma Garden.
To appreciate the list, remember plants have a particular environment that they do best in. You can not provide the best environment without knowing what type of soil that you have. You can not expect the best from your plant if you do not pay attention to your plant’s, shrub’s or tree’s health at the time of purchase. This should be known as “Your Plants Most Important Day”! You will also want to know what habitat your plantings do best in and consider where or not you have that particular environment to offer.
Since all plants need air, water, and organic matter to survive and flourish your mulching techniques are just as important as are your irrigation practices. Even your chosen method of fertilization, disease and pest control are critical to your success.
1. A Soil Test Was Not Done
2. Failure to Plan What , Where and When
3. Not Aware Of Your Plants “Most Important Day”
4. Over Use Of Synthetic Fertilizers and Other Chemicals
5. Improper Irrigation
6. No Cultivation Of The Soil
6. Failure To Mulch
7. You Killed All The Good Bugs
8. You Do Not Compost
9. You Bag and Discard your Lawn Clippings
Oklahoma’s “The Original” Red Dirt Gardener